Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)
& Personal Development (EAPD)



“But just ask the animals, and have them teach you.” Job 12:7a


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Equine Assisted Learning & Personal Development sessions and workshops incorporates horses for a deeper individual learning experience. Sessions are extremely helpful for anyone seeking personal or professional growth and development and overcoming destructive patterns of thought and behaviour. Horses are very effective in teaching various skills to special needs clients too. Although most sessions are on the ground, occasional riding can be incorporated into the sessions according to the needs of the individual clients.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32


Helping Adults
The focus of EAL & EAPD is to help clients develop practical and essential life skills that will serve them in all areas of their life including family, community and workplace relationships. Life skills such as overcoming anxiety and fighting fear, healthy boundaries, building confidence, decision making and problem solving and so much more!
Helping Couples
Improving life skills such as communication and trust is just part of this program.
Helping Children 8+ & Autistic
These days it seems that most children are dealing with anxiety. EAL for children dramatically helps with overcoming anxiety, building confidence, spending time in nature, self-discovery, building relationships, overcoming challenges and so much more!
Helping Teenagers & At-Risk Youth
Horses have an amazing ability to sense the heightened emotions of teens as they navigate life. From dealing with anxiety, building confidence and social interactions to learning boundaries, conflict and communication skills and staying in the moment.
Helping Veterans & First Responders
Spending time with horses and learning how to stay in the moment is very beneficial to those suffering from PTSD. Just the peace of the farm environment is healing and helpful. Learning horsemanship skills and allowing the horses to heal wounded souls is the benefits of this program.

Why is Experiential Learning more Effective?
According to the Association of Experiential Education (1995), experiential learning can best be described as learning through doing. Experiences like this have “the ability to inform us not only cognitively but also physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This holistic approach engages the whole person. This is transformative capability”. (Deb Piranian www.aee.org) This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviours, and patterns. Equine Assisted Learning is a powerful and effective approach to self-awareness that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families and teams.

Please contact us to discuss how we can help your individual or group needs.


Tell me & I forget. Teach me & I learn. Involve me & I remember.
– Benjamin Franklin




Bev H:


The Equine Assisted Learning Program at Story Book Meadows has truly been a positive life changing experience for my adult son who has struggled with life long autistic challenges as well as high medical needs since childhood. Hesitant about participating in EAL sessions from the very start it took a lot of encouraging for him to take the first step due to his heightened sensitivities and anxieties about going to new places, meeting new people and doing new things. Click here for more testimonies.



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